Iowa County Humane Society

Serving the animals and citizens of Iowa County and its surrounding communities

Welcome to the ICHS Family!!

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer program. ICHS is a volunteer-based organization – from the Board members to the Cat Cuddlers to the people manning the ICHS Website and writing the monthly pet biographies and taking the animals' pics – we are all volunteers. Hopefully you will join us and find it to be a rewarding experience. Just knowing that you are making a difference in a homeless animal's life – perhaps the first taste of care and love it has ever known – is indeed satisfying. And no matter how small or insignificant your volunteer contribution may seem to you, it makes a huge difference to our animals. We cannot do it without you! Your contribution is truly priceless!

Immediate/Specific Volunteer Needs
Able to help?
Email office or call (608) 935-1381.
Thank you!


Got Construction Skills or just willing to assist where needed on various building improvement projects? Contact Louanna Schulte at


Kitten Foster Families – "Kitten Season" is here! Temporary foster families are needed to get our kittens off to a great start. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please complete this application. For additional information, click here. If you have questions, please call the shelter for more information or email our Kennel Manager at

How to Get Started?

The first step is to fill out a volunteer application which can be found right here on ICHS's website. If you prefer, you can pick up an application at the shelter – and don't forget to sign the "release agreement". The next step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session (VOS). The purpose of the VOS is to acquaint you with our policies and procedures and give you an opportunity to get your questions answered. The VOS lasts about 15 minutes proceeded by the Cat Cuddling training session and followed by the Dog Walking training session. For those of you interested in working with the dogs, we encourage you to follow up with individual dog training sessions until you feel confident that you are ready to work with the dogs on your own. So to become a volunteer, that's all there is to it!

After the orientation, ICHS asks for a non-refundable $5 donation to help cover volunteer costs. We allow for flexibility in volunteering times, but to remain active a volunteer must come at least 2 times in a 6 month period.

Volunteer Opportunities – How Can You Help?

Most Volunteer opportunities have an age requirement of 18 years or older, unless otherwise noted in the description.

Cat Cuddler: Cat Cuddlers provide love, attention and exercise for our shelter cats while they wait to be adopted. You must be 13 years or older to volunteer alone. Children under 13 may volunteer with an adult.
Dog Walker: Dog Walkers are responsible for providing love, basic manners training and exercise for our shelter dogs. You must be 16 years of age or older to work with our dogs. You will find that a regular commitment is best for both the dogs - and you.
Office Assistant: An office assistant greets the public visiting ICHS, files, answers the phone, etc. You must be 16 years or older. You would be called for PM shifts "as needed". This requires a scheduled commitment.
Maintenance Assistant: This is a volunteer opportunity for a "handy man (or woman)". Help keep our shelter safe, operational, and looking good by assisting with repairs and grounds maintenance. Building repairs range from replacing burnt our lights to repairing fences and painting. Ground maintenance includes mowing and weed trimming. You must be 16 years or older.
Foster Parent: You provide care for shelter cats and dogs in your home. There is also the Kitten Kadre Program which is caring for kittens – most of them being orphans. For a time, this may require "around the clock" care (but the most difficult part may be returning them to the shelter when they are at "their cutest"). Download this foster application or contact the shelter for more information.
Fundraising: Fundraising is one of ICHS's most critical needs! Almost all of ICHS's support comes from donations – which includes fundraising. We attempt to have fundraising events throughout the year. Help us put the "fun" into Fundraising! The more people that contribute ideas and are willing to work behind the scenes as well as at the events, the easier it is to raise the funds that are crucial to support our mission of helping animals.
Committee Work: Besides the Fundraising Committee, there is also the Animal Welfare & Enrichment, Buildings & Grounds Committee, the Animal Adoptability Committee, Outreach Events, Humane Education, the Community Initiative Program as well as other opportunities listed in our Volunteer Orientation Manual. There is so much to be done!
Other ideas: Do you have other ideas of ways to help that you feel would be beneficial for the animals as well as the ICHS organization? Perhaps you can make contributions in ways that we haven't even thought of. Please share.

Thank You!

On behalf of all of the volunteers already doing what we can to help the animals of Iowa County, we thank you for your time, effort and commitment that you are offering in order to provide the animals with the love and attention they need until they find their "forever" home.


Low Cost Vaccination and Dog Licensing Clinic Schedule
Upcoming Event Calendar
Donate to ICHS
ICHS Thanks Business and Organizations who help us help the animals!
Board Meetings and Financial Information
I.C.H.S. Newsletter



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We have chosen Kuranda dog beds because they are so good for our dogs. We don't have enough for all of our kennels. You can help by donating a bed.

WI Dog Rescue


Local Communities

Mineral Point

Iowa County Humane Society
305 Co. Rd. YZ
Dodgeville, WI. 53533

Phone: 608-935-1381
Fax: 608-935-2884

For additional contacts go to:
 Board of Directors and Staff

WI Dog Seller & Dog Facility Operator license #267019-DS

ICHS Hours:

Business by appointment only. We are closed to the public for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.